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  2. If you can, heat the room to at least 70. I think the acidic smell is the fermentation, generally the oak pellets have a very nice pleasant aroma. So I think it's working. Do you have any larvae frass? You can add some frass and that also works like the yeast.
  3. barrbar

    Greetings from Long Island, New York!

    I haven't had any luck this year. The only sightings I've had this summer were a type of June bug, most likely Cotinis nitida. Lucanus capreolus is in range and I'm hoping to snag some next year. @PowerHobo Thank you I appreciate the welcome!
  4. PowerHobo

    Greetings from Long Island, New York!

    Welcome to the forum!
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  6. darktheumbreon

    Greetings from Long Island, New York!

    Any luck finding any interesting beetles in NY? I haven't had any so far lol
  7. It does seem to have an acidic smell at least though, but that might just be the tannin from the wood pellets?
  8. Perhaps so, it has been 48 hours already and it's not very warm at all -- I used a mixture of whole wheat flour and bran for the recipe. Perhaps the yeast I bought was bad? It may be my temperature though, since it has been low 60s outside, with my room being slightly warmer. I have a hard time telling if there is a "wine" or "rotten" smell as the oak smell is very overpowering for my nose.
  9. I recently decided to get back into keeping inverts and beetles seemed like a good fit for me. I doubt I'll be making many posts since I'm late to the party but I'm happy to find people who enjoy keeping beetles in my neck of the woods.
  10. For me it generally gets warm within 24 hours. However, depending on your temperatures and how much you are doing at a time, it may not be that warm. However, you should smell a stinky smell. For some it's like a wine smell and for others it's a little bit of a rotten smell. If you are getting a smell, you are doing ok. If nothing, maybe your temperatures are too low?
  11. How long does it take to start heating up? I just started mine yesterday and its not very warm at all.
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  13. GelGelada

    Visitor on my patio

    Oooh, what shapely legs! We don't have anything like that where I live. What a cool find.
  14. GladysMeyer

    Preventative measures failed

    Is this method effective?
  15. I recently purchased The Complete Guide to Rearing the Eastern Hercules Beetle and Other Rhinoceros Beetles... however, I am not too satisfied with the quality of the book I received from Amazon. I am aware that there are more complete books out there, but I wanted a thinner book as I only plan on raising this one species of rhinoceros beetle for now and I wanted something I could carry to read and memorize while I was out. Anyway. The quality of the paperback book is... suspect. I am not sure if it is supposed to be this cheap feeling, but it feels as though someone made a photocopy of the original hardcover book and simply stapled it together. Most of the photos are black and white and poor quality. There is one set of color photos in the center, but the rest of the photos are somewhat pixelated and it makes it difficult to see details in some of the more important photos, such as the photos of the grub underbellies for sexing or colors for substrate reference. The font within is about size 11 or so and easy to read; no pixelation with that printing, thankfully. The book is 40 pages and I have noticed a few typos, but information is clear and it is not a difficult to understand text. The information inside is mostly what you can find here on these wonderful forums, so I will not detail all that unless specifically asked. However, I would say that if you are thinking about getting the book, get the "Ultimate" book and get it in hardcover. Your quality will likely be much better... and it will look much better on your shelf.
  16. Ratmosphere

    Visitor on my patio

    Awesome find fo real!
  17. I'm sure that could work if you live somewhere humid, but I don't, so I close mine. I split my batches into two 18-gallon bins, so each is only about halfway full, and also poke divots into the top of the sub after each mix to increase surface area. With the bins only about halfway full, and the daily mixing, there is plenty of oxygen available for the fermenting process.
  18. Thanks~ I essentially keep the box open to ensure the yeast can breath right?
  19. arizonablue

    Visitor on my patio

    Haha, thanks! I'm pretty sure they could give a good nip if they wanted to, since it must take some pretty powerful jaws to chew up a cactus, but none of mine have ever tried to bite me. This one wasn't thrilled about being picked up at first, but it protested by squeaking instead of chomping.
  20. Oak

    State of the Hobby(TM)

    According to this pdf it is http://pi.cdfa.ca.gov/pqm/manual/pdf/111.pdf
  21. PowerHobo

    Visitor on my patio

    Nice! That's a very pretty specimen. Also, good on you for picking them up without gloves mine would always open their jaws and since their faces naturally point down I was always sure they were about to bite me.
  22. I'm sure it depends on how you keep it. If you're using the breathable bags and you might need to, but if you're using the tub or tumbler method then you should be ok. Decaying materials will generate a bit of moisture on their own, and it will collect in the box. Very rarely I will dump a bit of warm (not boiling) water into my fermenting sub and give it a good mix, but only if it is drying out and needs it.
  23. GladysMeyer

    Halloween Crab - any tips?

    Indeed, he is!
  24. GladysMeyer

    What kind of mantis is this?

    What did you conclude?
  25. i don't know if it's entirely true, but according to this pdf it is http://pi.cdfa.ca.gov/pqm/manual/pdf/111.pdf
  26. Question~ Do you spray water on it to keep it moist?
  27. Ben10101

    State of the Hobby(TM)

    I'm just wondering though, I remember reading somewhere that the whole Lucanidae family is legal in the state of California. Is that true?
  28. arizonablue

    Visitor on my patio

    It figures, I spent tons of time trying to find these guys with no luck (finally did get a few found by other people) and today I found this cactus longhorn crawling along my patio door! It's currently in my desert tank with its buddies.
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